24 October, 2017

Venerable Rabble

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

If the field was not fertile, the crop would be poor, and the farmer must naturally be unhappy about it. If the Sangha was impure, the charity bestowed on them would bring poor results, and the donors must naturally be unhappy about it. This was one reason why kings and the people were so anxious about the unblemished purity of the Sangha” ~ Venerable Dr. Walpola Rahula Thero

The Asgiriya statement is a straightforward manifesto of Sinhala Buddhist Clerical Fascism. It is an ecclesiastical indenture of priestly cunning packed with parochial hubris.

What it demands, contradicts the ethical requirements of a modern democratic society. A priestly class that considers itself privileged and above the law is irreconcilable with moral and social imperatives of contemporary times.

It is the duty and responsibility of all of us, Buddhists, to stop these bullies in their tracks. They have dealt a blow to our democracy. Instead of deceiving ourselves that the bully has got bloody knuckles, we must amputate the vile arm of the bully. We must unravel the politics behind this putsch of pietism – the Asgiriya power play.     

The government was taken unawares. It was a secretly hatched, cleverly choreographed theatre that made the government look foolish and inept. Its purpose was to clear the way for the Monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who was evading arrest, to surrender to court on the next day and to be released immediately thereafter. As evidenced by unfolding events it was a successful stratagem.

The Asgiriya exercise is also a political power play. Its caption is a mailed fist at the elected government. “We the Karaka Sangha Sabah in our devotion to the Sasana serve this kind notice on the government.” It has defied the government’s rights to legislate. Don’t enact legislation that we do not endorse.    

This clerical revolt would have never occurred under Mahinda Rajapaksa – the redeemer of the Sinhala Buddhist people. The Sangha had a Faustian compact with him. As head of a patrimonial state, he assiduously cultivated a patron client relationship with the ‘Sangha’. They were Saffron robed ‘squires’ in the court of not a charismatic leader but an iconic leader. They recognized his capacity for coercive persuasion but were immensely appreciative of his efforts to win allegiance by distributing fiefs and benefits in return for loyalty.

The genius of Mahinda Rajapaksa was his perfection of a medieval order of governance in the 21st century during the five post war years of his presidency. Absolute rule and patrimonial politics complimented each other. There emerged a court etiquette that the Sangha observed with religious care.

Alas, the two ‘Upasakas – Sirisena and Wickremesinghe are made of lesser stuff. Their mistake was to interpret their successful 8th January 2015 revolt as accomplished revolution. They are now struggling to consolidate their achievements. They have a problem. The two are not agreed on what their achievements are or if they have, in fact, achieved anything at all. 

The Asgiriya protest, statement, edict or whatever is an understandable backlash against modernity. It was also predictable.

It is not often that a society has to grapple with a rabble demanding to be addressed as venerable. As a Buddhist, though not perfect in practice but with a clear grasp of what the Buddha preached and an utter contempt for what some of the Sangha practice, this writer wishes to address this issue of the sanctity of the robe and the depravity of the wearer.

Despite the grand rhetoric concerning their antecedents, the present day Sangha institution took shape during the reign of Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-82). He revived Buddhism in the hill kingdom by reestablishing higher ordination and appointing Venerable Welivitiya Saranakara as the first Sangharaja who is the source of all authority that the two monasteries claim today.

When Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe ascended the throne, the vast majority of the Buddhist priestly class led a quasi-religious life style. They were known as “ganinnanse” or semi-monk. A title that aptly fits the monk Galagoda Atte Gnananasra now in the eye of the ecclesiastical storm.

The restoration of Buddhism involved the transfer of huge economic assets in the form of land grants from the king to temples. To this day these economic assets are jealously guarded by priestly cabals whose membership are confined to a few Kandyan families in the Central Province and mostly from the Matale district.

The two Monasteries Asgiriya and Malwatte are prototypical feudal remnants resisting modernity with militant piety. That said, we ignore them at our peril.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne elected from Kaluthara promised a considered response to the Asgiriya encyclical. In stark contrast S.B. Dissanayake defeated in Kandy and nominated in the national list offered abject surrender. “If the Maha Nayake Theros and the highest of clergy in the Sangha Council are frustrated in any sense with the government, I humbly seek their apology.” Biting the dust at the last election, his ear seems glued to the ground.

Religion is deeply rooted in predominantly Buddhist countries such as Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. In these societies religious influence is pervasive and therefore priestly influence impacts all institutions.

The priests have over time, developed their own survival modes that have no relevance to pristine religious teachings. Instead they are mostly focused on worldly affairs and entitlements of the sangha order. Under monarchs they were advisers to royals. They were power brokers in court. They were feudal landlords who owned and managed huge tracts of vast wealth. Celibacy was observed in the breach. A common custom among the powerful monks is to ordain the offspring of their sisters and brothers to ensure the succession to temple property remain in the family. The possibility of offspring in the guise of nephew is not to be ruled out. It is corrupt to its core but manages to keep a lid on its villainy.

Venerable Dr. Walpola Rahula  in his book ‘History of Buddhism in Ceylon’ provides a succinct description of the beginnings of Buddhism and how it became the national ethos, and the state religion of the island.

“Buddhism began as an intellectual and ethical movement in the sixth century B.C., with the first sermon preached by the Buddha to the five ascetics at Isipathana near Banaras. It spread gradually during the lifetime of the Buddha along the Gangetic valley and found its way into several kingdoms in North India between the Vindhya Mountains and the Himalayas. Kings and Ministers, Bankers and Merchants, Brahmins and Peasants became the followers of this new teaching which was a revolt against some of the accepted theories and practices of the day.”

Dr. Rahula proceeds to explain the roots of our present day conundrum. Asoka was the first king to adopt Buddhism as the state religion two centuries after the death of the Buddha. Asoka did so by edicts that prescribed Buddhist practices. It was Buddhist governance by an enlightened monarch. But in Sri Lanka, it became the state religion from the day of its introduction to the island.

Then he points to our march of folly. “We have to admit that from the day that Buddhism was adopted as a state religion, it began to lose its original spirit of renunciation and simplicity, and gradually developed in to an ecclesiastical organization with its numerous duties, religious, political and social. It is impossible for any religion, when it becomes an organized body, to continue in its original form. It has to change with the times if it is to maintain its power and prestige.“Adapt or perish” is natures inexorable imperative.”

Who will adapt? Who will perish? 

Professor Yasmin Gooneratne in her book Relative Merits; A personal memoir of the Bandaranaike family has an interesting anecdote. SWRD tells his cousin Samuel about the most Venerable Budharakkitha. ‘He fasts by day and feasts by night.’

The more things change, the more they remain the same.      

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    Thank you very much. It took a caring, courageous and good Sinhala man to say this.

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      Brilliant piece; as usual ! ………….. Buddhism is a 2500 year old philosophy. It was born 2500 years ago and died 2500 years ago. There was only one man who practiced it; the only man who adhered to and practiced the philosophy is Buddha himself. ………… Now there are several bastardised versions of “Buddhism” floating around – it’s like a French wine that takes the name of a region where the grape is grown, now manufactured with the same name in Chile, Australia ………. or other newer wine growing countries. …………… In the good ol’ “human condition” all religions end up as tools for man to avoid a honest day’s work. Not only that it gives power, position, privileges, respect, ease-of-life, ……………. an ordinary man can’t achieve with honest/sincere work. In the SL context, except for the ones in the forefront and supposedly doing the “fighting,” “Buddhists,” “Sinhalese” or “Sinhala-Buddhists” haven’t achieved much for themselves if you consider the numbers that have emigrated to non-Sinhala Christian countries en-masse. Just go to an Avurudu celebration in California or a Cricket match in Melbourne …………. In the end, religion, culture, education ……… is nothing more than a gang-rape of our minds from infancy that smothers independent-thinking and prevents us from thinking for ourselves. We are born into a race, a religion, a culture, an education ……….. and conditioned to accept without questioning. To question is to be a traitor; go against your religion, culture, race, education, “upbringing,” …….. If we don’t understand this as adults, it’s our own folly; we can’t blame anyone else. ……….. For me, religions have been made into such powerful tools of avoidence of a honest day’s work and survival in the human-condition ………. there is such an odious air about religions, that if I were to practice one, I’ll visit it in the secrecy of the dead of night; like a visit to a brothel.

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        nimal fernando- don’t be suprised like pseudo rani this litard is hugging onto CBK knickers- he spent much time at UK where CBK salli malla is. once you do them asgiriya you come back to live with the cbk linked malwatte- same old show of fraud. Sleeping with the muslim seducing the tamil to be killed (as in cleopatra) and robbing the sinhalese like JR- what new choice? passa had good qualities in bringing the woman down and down and exposing her family. only a dictator can run the show.

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      Of course, there are many cynical Thambis and unhinged Tamils (some of whom may be co-worshipers of the so-called Church of England with De Alwis, and other Evangelical Christians) who will hold candles to such Buddhism bashing by people like De Alwis. Only similar attacks against Jews and Muslims appear to be subject to the sanctimonious attacks as Antisemitism and ‘racism’ by the self-identified PROGRESSIVE brigades of colonial descendants. Will blood spill? anyone’s guess!

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        Mount Meru:
        Another idiocy under another pseudonym. The obsession with “Jews” and “Muslims” is a dead give-away, though.

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      The problem of Sri Lanka is unfortunately is a Jewish conspiracy.
      500 years of Jewish controlled British Empire subverted everything GOOD and WHOLESOME in the land known as LANKA. The WORLD POWER presently is totally controlled by the Jewish Elites and their servile minions placed in every corner of the world in countries and its power centers criminally held by the CRYPTO JEWISH LOCAL Elites hiding behind different races, religions and castes INFILTRATING it and destroying it from within. Sri Lankan political structure in its vast spectrum of power holding positions have been captured and held within these EVIL set of RACIST BAND of Jewish Backed Families. The DS, BANDA, JAYAWARDENE, WICKREMASINGHE, RAJAPAKSE are some of the power hungry Jewish blooded criminal families who have succeeded in subverting everything including BUDDHISM by installing pure thugs and criminals as MONKS and Buddhist activists who goes around spreading TERRORISM on unarmed unprotected civillians who are TAX PAYERS to the system they call The State.

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        Radical ideas:
        It does seem though that anyone you don’t like is “Jewish”
        Incidentally, while you are trotting out the names of Sri Lankan capitalist/bourgeois whom you claim were Jewish, would you mind telling us what group Leon Trotsky and Karl Marx belonged?
        Would you please take the rest of your aliases and the rubbish you try to pass off as English and crawl back under that rock from which you emerged?

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          Dear Emil,
          Answering to your questions with regards to Leon Trotsky and Karl Marx as to what group they belonged— They belonged to the Jewish group. The Bolshevik revolution was a project scripted, funded and controlled by the wealthy Jewish banker cabal in the New York under their Zionist project missions to knock off the powers that may not be under their direct control. I quote “Communism was of course founded by Karl Marx whose grandfather was a rabbi by the name of Mordeccai. Marx was given his initial encouragement by a Communist-Zionist by the name of Moses Hess. As founder and editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, the main organ of leftist thought in Germany, he provided Karl Marx with his first important platform. Later, in Brussels, he collaborated with Marx on The German Ideology. It was Hess too who converted to Communism Friedrich Engels, the wealthy textiles magnate who later subsidised Marx from the profits of sweated labour in Britain and Germany.” (http://www.heretical.com/miscellx/bolshies.html)…………………………Also, watch……Bolshevism in Russia: The Work of the Jews – Episode 1 (full)—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA-bOnLGoys

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        What utter rubbish. ‘Radical Ideas’, your ideas are not radical but a fantasy. Do you have any evidence to support your ‘radical’ theory?

        I have been living in UK for past 30 or more years & I can tell you quite confidently that the Jews in UK are a minority. There may be a few Jewish Parliamentarians in UK, just like others of Muslim & other minority groups but they keep their religions personal. The Jewish community in UK are a result of European refugees during the second world war. You seem to have learnt about the Jewish conspiracy from Hitler.

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          Sadly, you don’t seem to know a lot about the secret POWER of British, American, Canadian, Australian and many East European Jews behind the governments of the countries where they live as a minority. The Wadiya free meals have affected your brain, it looks like

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        Radical Ideas: So sorry for this country, since, most do not understand what you have commented on and take everything on face value and are not adept at reading between the lines.

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      Yes the lack of a Sinhala Buddhist movement or voice against Sinhala Buddhist Extremism/Terrorism is a huge concern.
      Why is there no such voice?
      If you ask any Buddhist he/she will say Sinhala Buddhist terrorism is in a minority and majority of Buddhist in this country don’t support or stand by their views.
      So where is this majority voice agains Sinhala Buddhist Terrorism!!?

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        Sunil
        You are going only by the views expressed in CT by a small minority ( who in possession of internet facility and have some knowledge of English language) If you want to know how the majority of Srilankan Sinhala Budhist feel about the garbage spewed by the monk you must go out and talk to the village folks.

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          Kay, you say that “If you want to know how the majority of Srilankan Sinhala Budhist feel about the garbage spewed by the monk you must go out and talk to the village folks.”

          What’s the point in that when the Mahanayakes sit in their somnambulist slumber and do nothing about “the garbage spewed by the .. ” thug in robes?

          One must blame the ‘administrators’ when their clergy turn into radical and violent racists intent on causing ‘suffering’!!

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      “This clerical revolt would have never occurred under Mahinda Rajapaksa – the redeemer of the Sinhala Buddhist people.”

      I feel this is an incorrect assumption. It would have occurred and it would have been far worse. Have we forgotten that the Rajapaksas government was responsible for the manufacturing of The terrorist BBS that was terrorizing the citizens of this country alongside other similar movements.
      The sad news is this government despite all the promise it made to the people of this country seems to be protecting and making use of these manufactured terrorist organizations like the BBS.

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    “It is the duty and responsibility of all of us, Buddhists, to stop these bullies in their tracks. They have dealt a blow to our democracy. Instead of deceiving ourselves that the bully has got bloody knuckles, we must amputate the vile arm of the bully. We must unravel the politics behind this putsch of pietism – the Asgiriya power play.”

    Superbly expressed! Alas, we appear to be so entrenched in the crap that is known as ‘Sinhala Buddhism’ that it is most unlikely any changes will take place – particularly since our pious politicians’ first moves on being elected are to ‘pay homage’ to a bunch of individuals who have had absolutely nothing to do with anything concerning their electoral results!

    What a farce!

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    well written….
    The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Buddhists from running their own country.

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      After Burma and now Srilanka ,Buddhism has become very unpopular. These nutters are destroying Lord Buddhas teachings ,no wonder Buddhists are reverting to Christianity and Islam

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    And so finally the politicians have managed to pull Buddhism also to their levels–everything in this country is going to the dogs–

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    Thank you, Sarath De Alwis, for good sense beautifully expressed. Honest minds must come out to save Lanka from becoming another Syria and a convenient dumping ground for weapons manufactured by global mega-earning weapons industries. We are running broke and we will run down to the ground if we allow the likes of this ignorant Mahnayake and foul-mouthed stench called Gnanassara.

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      “convenient dumping ground for weapons manufactured by global mega-earning weapons industries”
      Do not worry Mr. Shyamon Jayasinghe. It will never happen. Lank will never have that much money to buy weapons.

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      you reap what you sow and nothing is going to tilt the balance when there is no wealth to get along. communism military rule like franco or hand over the nation because you never to run the show but interest was vip, dpl, scholarships available for small nations . unfortunately for you all small nations are controlled by multinationals. even brunei needs the british american billionaire protection. No return from hanuman’s take over of lanka – no more high five!!

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    Sarath, —- What a load rubbish. Give up writing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. . If people like you were in power, Sri Lanka would have been another Muslim hell-hole

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      John:
      Will you and your soul-mates make up your minds: are all those opposed to Sri Lankan fascism adherents of Islam or “Jews?”

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        Well, you certainly are one good (bad) example of the type you are referring to -The chameleon of the Fifth Column. The attendant at the teaching hospital has followed up on his ‘endless’ observation of your member. Now it is confirmed. Only Thambis and Jews carry out this sort of genetic mutilation. Presume you will not admit to being a Thambi and therefore you are one of those. “His blood is on you and on your children!” (Matthew 27:24–25)

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          Mount Meru:
          I was brought up not to make fun of people with mental disabilities, but you constitute an exception particularly when you seek to display your brilliance by referring to circumcision as “genetic mutilation”. Hasn’t anybody ever told you that simply using meaningless multi-syllabic words which mean nothing does not constitute intelligence? I don’t have to “admit” to membership in any community. That said the fraternity to which you belong – village idiots of every stripe – can hardly be expected to say anything even vaguely intelligent.
          By the way, do you share a rock with some of these other racist commentators or do you have your own?

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      John, why are you upset with the Muslims ? What have they done to you in SL ?

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        they have been sleeping like the rat between to quarreling women and eating the cheese- ask hillary clinton (her quotes has it) It is what she wished for at bangladesh. VP destroyed the rat now the sinhalese are after the rat that brings the plague when bamboos flower.

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        vishvajith ——–“John, why are you upset with the Muslims ? What have they done to you in SL ?”———– Johnny Baby’s mother must have broke the family secret to him that his absentee grandfather was a pious Muslim from Slave island and had had close connections to his relatives in Jaffna/Putlam who are distant relatives of Ibn Battuta. We need to subject Johnny Baby to a physical examination as well as genetic test.

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          Native Naxalite Vedda: Tall talk from a hen pecked eunuch.

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            vishvajith, K A Sumanasekera, Why did Gotabaya go after the Muslims: Why is Native Naxalite Vedda the eunuch clinging onto Sampathan another Douglas Devananda?

            How the Nabobs like Clive captured India-The troops were led by the Governor General Hastings (no relation to Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of Bengal) supported by a force under General Thomas Hislop. (in British and Indian achieves). The Muslim Generals in the Maratha Army were easily lured to white women in a harem and they issued the wrong orders and let down the winning Hindus.(just like the Japanese inventors of aircraft carriers were bombed from the rear by American/Japanese radio hams taking to the airways- all wars are won by deceit- like Hannibal who gave the elephants alcohol and won )
            Rise of the English:
            Due to internal dispute and anarchy in India, the English had established their influence. Consequently, the foundation of English rule was firmed. “The Internal disputes of Marathas and Muslims made them weak and opened the door of getting sovereignty for the English.”
            The third battle of Panipat was also decisive for destiny of India like other two battles. This ended the political struggle of Hindu-Muslim and founded an empire which became unbearable for both, the Hindu and the Muslim. “Plassy had sowed the seeds of English sovereignty in India and Lie third battle of Panipat gave the opportunity to plant and grows these seeds.”
            Thus, the new chapter of history began from the battle of Panipat and also ended by the battle inept and this battle also gave birth to a new chapter. Thus, it was proved that old system changes and victory and ferity should walk together otherwise the result would the same as happened.

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    Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, etc, were once Buddhists counties. So, Guardians monks make sure Sri Lanka will not face the same fate as those countries. Gullible and naive idiots who have no knowledge real world issues, must stay a way from politics.

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      John, you sound like an ISIS or Al Qaeda member only a Buddhist version!!

      Can you see that!!?

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      Prior to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism were limited to the elites with enforced caste system in Indonesia and Malaysia, and majority were animists that created room for attraction towards new organized religion. During this time, Theravada Buddhism, an organized religion had already well established among people of countries like SL, Myanmar, Thailand did not give much room for Islam. Why fear collapsing if you have trust on the foundation? It is you who live inside the building must maintain its beauty.

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        Your statement about spread of Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia is not quite correct. During the time of Pallava empire, they controlled the trade in Indian ocean and no Arab set foot in Malaysia or Indonesia. When Pallava kingdom collapsed, the Royal family split their possessions amongst themselves and ruled their share of the land. One such kingdom was Malacca. To say that Hinduism and Buddhism were limited to elite castes is not true, as the kingdom of Bali which still remains Hindu proves. After the collapse of Pallava kingdom, Arabs began trading with Malaysia and Indonesia. The first person in the region to be converted to Islam is Parameshwara, the king of Malaccca, who took up the name of Ishkander Shah. In those days when a king converts to a religion, the subjects also do so in order to curry favour. This is how Islam spread in Malaysia and Indonesia and not due to any special attraction. This is the same thing that happened in Srilanka when king Devanampiya Tissa converted to Buddhism, the subjects followed suit. I am sure that the Arabs would have tried to convert Sinhala kings to Islam but failed to succeed. Had the Sinhala king got converted to Islam, then Srilanka would have been a Muslim country. Still in Malaysia and Indonesia tribes like Kadazan, Iban and Pennan are either Animists or Christians. Bali king must have refused to convert and the Island still remains Hindu, which belies the theory that people took to Islam because it was attractive. Sultan of Brunei is a Pallava descendant and has the complexion of Pallavas than that of Malays. His father was very dark and took a title of “Seri Begawan” which is Sanskrit and not Malay or Arabic. Unlike Muslim rulers in other parts of the world, Pallavas did not go round forcibly converting their subjects to Hinduism or Buddhism. It is Pallavas who introduced their foods such as Appam (Appam), Pittu (Puttu) and Idiyappam (Puttu Mayang) to Malaysia and Indonesia. Islamic extremists tried to destroy the world famous Borobudhur, but due to world outcry, the government did not permit it.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

          How can I trust whatever you say here? Likewise, few days back you mentioned that most Muslims don’t want violence as an option to tackle current anti-Muslim attacks, while substantial amount of Muslims are willing the option of violence.
          When I had asked you to show me some reliable sources to support your claim, you never replied, instead you tried to hijack the topic. And then two of your henchmen jumped in and act funny.

          Since I don’t agree with your view, I am sure you will start your reply with an arrogant sentence as usual as usual, But please be gentle and asnwer my previsou question that I am waiting for

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            Fathima, if you are honest, please write your views in your correct name. Please do not be a coward hiding under a false name and attacking others. Your first question about the views of Srilanka Muslims about countering present attacks on Muslims, ask the Muslim organisations to hold an opinion poll. Muslims are frightened to express their actual position due to possible revenge action by the government. Please do not jump the queue because you will be surprised at the outcome of that opinion poll, which is most likely to coincide with what I have said. Secondly I do not care whether you agree with my views or not, which in the course of time will prove to be correct. You do not need to trust me, but read the history of Malaysia and Indonesia about Islamisation. There is a famous Srilankan Muslim historian who has researched extensively on Pallava rule of Malaysia and Indonesia, and he will tell you exactly what I have said. I pity your ignorance which is due to clouding of your mind by religious fanaticism. I do not need any henchmen, but anyone has the right to oppose your views. For your information Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world and Islam is only in a low tenth place, and Tamil is the oldest language in the world and Arabic is not even in the first ten. Tamil is considered an original language unlike Arabic which evolved from Aramaean which is in the sixth place.

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              Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam: Previously, you put the blame on my English, and now you’re blaming my identity as false and your beating around the bush seem to be your get away tricks from the core question of mine that was to let me know source of information you claimed that substantial Muslims prefer to resort to violence to tackle current anti-Muslim issues.

              And you know that is no a single opinion polls conducted, hence you say “you will be surprised at the outcome of that opinion poll” – So who or what is the source of info you’re relying on?

              Sorry to put it this way, I pity on the title you carry, “Dr” when you don’t honor that. How can you conclude on many things without properly investigating such as, substantial Muslim’s stance on violence, my name, clouding of my mind by religious fanaticism (probably my name sounds Islamic) etc. I can’t imagine a patient under you being diagnosed for serious illness without proper investigation.

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              “”Fathima, if you are honest, please write your views in your correct name. “”
              brooding, Irmala duce can’t do the belly dance, she is being such a qu**f today! a copy like ramona the 1/2 Burger. too old to learn on the pillow

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                ikarat: you trying to be my modern bully pimp Hippolyte? I love a little wimpy handle it anyway…

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                  (sloshed for over 24 hrs)??
                  Hi 5 – HIV positive- Sour puss has had too much vinegar from the Kitul tree then fallen off the broomstick.
                  What a catastrophe!!

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                    You sound like a adorable peephole pimp. A professional pimp gets the commission, gets away from the scene.

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                      Hi 5 – HIV positive +It’s possible to see the fleas, also the `little old lady` down in the dumps and going to the dogs.
                      🤣 ROFL

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        “”Why fear collapsing if you have trust on the foundation? “”
        low down bum, dumb-ass-islamist- the flower that does never blooms in a muslim is understanding.

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          Hey ninny, your intelligence is only my common sense, here you’re just trying to prove your IQ and the shoe size are the same. Now go, learn the basic grammar before letting me make fun of your IQ again – A worthless lowlife

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            Native Naxalite Vedda and his ISIS pet Rishard .
            Whoooho!!The world of National Security over belching farting human rights. Done it again
            Even the Khan actors of the screen will need to do vigorous exercise at the airport as before. No more Green Card for Muslims and Demalas of Lanka.- The Donald and Modi Hug is making things great for Lanka majority!!
            WASHINGTON, JUN 30:
            US President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travellers from six-Muslim countries went into effect, after a Supreme Court decision allowed it to go forward following a five-month battle with rights groups.

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              I hate to reply someone, I once decided a lowlife. Since you seem to have taken my advice to improve your grammar, I would like to say few final words:
              For people with talents, self-confidence and some brains, SL or Somalia or USA, no difference – And no one can stop our progress. It is for a brainless lowlife like you, SL is for torching others shops, while USA is the only option for self-development – Cheers baby

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                “I hate to reply someone, I once decided a lowlife. 2
                windbag, low down bum!
                Iguana: demala markele your pop never had and you mind is between your legs- like almost all block vote islamist world wide and more so Lankawe.
                poda porriki
                you learnt english colpetty moroccan BAD U DIN back entry swindle the country.

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            “”Now go, learn the basic grammar before letting me make fun of your IQ again – A worthless lowlife”” Doesn’t your pop work in the mattakkuliya goo molle??
            Gasgembo demala Rishard markele Jihadi try teaching grammar to Mano Ratwatte the teacher of the english language at US university and also nephew of SRiMAO. He speaks punjabi and Hindi like I do. He will vouch for my knowledge of the the language and understanding- when he gets stuck all he has to do is query on CT and if I am around he gets the answer thats been elusive-
            Go jump in the goo molle!!

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          Jai_Bolo ——-Welcome back Javi.

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            Native Naxalite Vedda . Take you low caste demala islamist Rischard and please prove to him that he is a low caste tamil turned muslim to hide his breed and is trying to kill the sinhalese.
            Please use the Spartan Bioscience Cube for test results in 30 mins a 4x4x4 inch made in ottawa. no one beats the brahman!
            Men and women like him and Fatima would be the future Soylent Green as Arthur C Clarke predicted- it solves constructing jails and feeding these cannibals with animal brain.

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              Jai_Bolo, why always 5 people first likes your comments immediately? Browser trick? teach me plz

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                `Little Old Lady` received Rishard’s Hi5 so don’t imagine Samson and Delilah but try reading Aesop’s Fables because they are valid to 4000AD like Penguin Island by Anatole France.
                Hinduism of Asia is about rituals not a religion. No one can worship Brahma because it’s pure knowledge.

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                  Oh..sorry I am only 27, why call me ‘old’? :-) It is you acting like a baptized penguin of Penguin Island is the funniest part, I guess. What you say?

                  Isn’t it self-deprecating that Mano Ratwatte keeping you, an indispensable asset at a CT distance? Hinduism is not a religion? If a religion is a sect of Dharma bound by certain codes that need to be followed rigorously, why Sanatana Dharma, prior to arrival of Persians who gave a friendly name, Hindu(ism) is not a religion? Ask someone who can understand better and reply.

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                  chai_bolo (I gave a bit more descriptive name for a Modi admirer), where are you? Come on friend, we’re bored. You fixed your grammar issue, your IQ fixable too?

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      Johnny,
      “Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, etc, were once Buddhists counties. “
      Sri Lanka was a non-Buddhist country once. Why are you following this foreign religion?

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        People (Sri Lankans) accept and embrace Buddhism for for its truthfulness.

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        “”Why are you following this foreign religion?” Its from your motherland porkistan.(they all ask for badapu uru mas kallak nado- a piece of fried pork at alms giving)
        To hide the weakness the fakes of the nation need faith the emotion.(I am the follower of the compassionate) unlike europe’s charity just pansal dansal. asians are the last to donate body parts for others to have a life.(only for the money)

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    Don’t forget this Land wouldn’t have been in one piece if not for the Venerable Sanga……..We can understand you and your mates position………Tthe only Sinhala Buddhist in the Yahapalana Government visited both Mahanayakas Yesterday………….. But I am not sure why he went to Malwatta Viharaya………. But I am sure the Sinhala Buddhism and the Sinhala Buddhists will be safe as long as this dude is in the Cabinet………

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera —–“Don’t forget this Land wouldn’t have been in one piece if not for the Venerable Sanga”—————————————————————————————————————————–What exactly did they do to maintain this land in one piece? Did they grab the entire land and kept it for themselves and monastery together with temple slaves? ———————“But I am sure the Sinhala Buddhism and the Sinhala Buddhists will be safe as long as this dude is in the Cabinet”————————— ———————————————————————————————-Sinhala/Buddhism needs to die as a portent fascist force in order to protect the Sinhalese, Buddhists, the country and rest of the people. This is not a sacrifice on the part of Sinhala/Buddhists but a necessary precautionary measure required for the perpetuation of humanity on this land.

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        Dear Native………..You say ” Sinhala Buddhism needs to die” ……. Thanks mate for putting Dr Ranil ‘s doctrine in simple terms, so that his Golayas like Akila, Harsh, Poodle Club baby and Sagala can understand…….,

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera ————Sinhala/Buddhism needs to die as a portent fascist force in order to protect the Sinhalese, Buddhists, the country and rest of the people. This is not a sacrifice on the part of Sinhala/Buddhists but a necessary precautionary measure required for the perpetuation of humanity on this land.———-Commission and omission to my comment will not bring out truth. Read the entire comment.

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            Native Naxalite Vedda “”KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera”” ————Sinhala/Buddhism needs to die as a portent fascist force in order to protect the Sinhalese, Buddhists, the country and rest of the people””………………………………………………………………………………….
            Don’t be too smart !!
            The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

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              stop20———“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.” —Can I call you simon, Marrikar, tatcher, lately Siva Sankaran Sarma , ——————–Javi, ………………..

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                Native Naxalite Vedda :buffalo dressed in men’s clothes never learn, your talk doesn’t cook rice.

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    This ‘Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhism’ is slowly but surely strangling the nation and will ultimately destruct the country and people. There seems no escape route anywhere to be seen. Sadly, it’s our “Karma” on the works ! Pathetic Lanka.

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    As I understand, the Asgiriya Chapter is much smaller than the Malwatte Chapter with the former consisting about 10 % of the temples and monks as opposed to the latter. What does the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter think of the Asgiriya statement? Does he agree with it?

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    What a beauty ! Thank you Sarath de Alwis. A panacea for post independence Sri Lanka.
    I sincerely hope that some one provides an effective Sinhalese and Tamil versions so that the message serve as an immunisation to young SriLankans at home and other countries. This includes the young diaspora also.

    Mama Sinhalam : Sarath de Alwis is a good human, a real patriot of SL and a real Buddhist.
    To quote Lord Buddha : “Superiority and inferiority of a human /man is not by his birth but by his/her acts “

    Whether HLDM or Dr.DJ knows, agrees or practices this is another matter.

    What matters is the direction younger generation takes.

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    in the good old days monks were never advisors to Sinhala kings .this is a myth concocted by modern day monks
    if they had advisors they were Brahmins
    the king was the supreme head of buddhism and often had errant monks tarred and feathered
    it is time we reverted to those good old days

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      I thought that is what Dr Ranil wants to do with his ETCA……….Wonder whether Modhi will allow Mullahs toooo…………

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    Thank you, Sarath, for another lucid, down-to-earth analysis of recent events, featuring Sri Lanka’s answer to the Borgia’s of old Rome.
    If I did believe in the efficacy of capital punishment I know what I’d suggest would be an appropriate response to these sowers of hatred and communal and religious discord.
    Who are going to be this week’s Rohingyas of a Sri Lanka with 2500 years of “Sinhala Buddhist culture?”

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      Sinhala Buddhist Culture even tolerated Parangiyas , who tossed Sinhala Buddhist Babies up in the Air …….But not to sharpen their Sword Skills…… unlike the Clay shooters…………And they still tolerate NGOs who sort of practice the same, by throwing Dollars…….

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera————“Sinhala Buddhist Culture even tolerated Parangiyas ,”—————————–Really, weren’t your ancestors subdued by parangyas to tolerate them you bloody cowards? ———-“who tossed Sinhala Buddhist Babies up in the Air”————How and why did they miss your ancestors? Have you ever studied ‘Maha Hatana’, or ‘Parangi Hatana’ ? You will find some interesting stuff in the Hatana, For example how Rajasingha II prayed to God Siva and how Ktharagama Skanda helped him with strategy to destroy gun powder. ———– Where is “Ambassador” Bandula Jayasekera?

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          K A Sumanasekera, Chicka Hema Malani (of Sholay fame) of Thanjavur (was ruled by Marathas of the Deccan until the Brits took over and let go in 1947)The LTTE and Vaiko have their Nandikadal sculptures there. There fear is if India runs the Island which has no money then trouble making northern, eastern Tamils and Muslims will be driven away into the sea and the rest shall live in peace and harmony but not as slaves under as per western rule of conflict Samsara!! The British Raj ruled the island from India with able Indian administrators not alla batala SriMao or Dudley, or JR or Rajapassa dynasties. When there is no money there is no point fighting and behaving as cannibals India has the money and Asia has it too. Asia does not fear IC anymore it has the arms and commercial planes to survive on own- centenary-xxi belongs to Asia not crusader Muslims or crusader Christians of the west. BoJo has to give in for there is too much to lose in trade. America, UK, Japan, South Korea are broke and can’t raise their head without going out to war in M.E. but can’t win at Asia.

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            Welcome bro…… Where have you been all this time……….

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              travelling observing interacting with peoples of the world as it is a hobby from childhood.

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    What kind of advise could be expected from a group who doesn’t know what they are preaching. Well sail SDA.

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    Back bone is not just the calcium stone appearing on the back side of the human body. It is an in-birth mechanism given to a man for stand up as being man, by god or evolution. Unfortunately, in Lankawe, for the political leaders, this set of additional bones are additional weights to carry with them. One can be as weak as SB. But should not just be born only with Cunningness or Foxiness of Ranil, New King and Sampanthar. These guys have died their entire life for those sats. None of would loose it talking right. Mano Ganesan said it is time for the Lankawe leaders to see CVW and follow his example. He lost his CM and now has been reappointed. But the corruption in NPC is going to under more vigilant than it was. CVW had stood straight with his back bone. Another statesman, the 21st century’s Sir Pon. Ramanathan, is born in Ramanathan family, once more. This has not happened in the Sinhala Politics ever from the start. There only Ranil Pilimathalawa and New King Ehelepola are being born. So neither of these foxes are have answered to the Ayatollahs of Asgiriya, with political leadership.

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      Mally……….. What about women ?… ……..Didn’t God put it Eve……… I thought Dr Ranil is a Vixen…….. …Sampathar may be a Fox…….. But vellala Wiggs seems to be the real deal….. Wiggy bent over to Sampathar to get the CM. gig……… And turned around and wanted to slay Sampathar……… Sampathar seems to like Dr Ranil more than the Vellala Kid Abraham……………What do you reckon Mally…….. Now the talk in the new Kopi Kade , which Yahapalana sucking hipsters have turned into Night Clubs and Pubs…. is that Sampathar has even agreed to adopt “Eekakaya” in Sinhala , to put it even in the Vellala Eelaam copy of Dr Ranil’s Federal constitution….. Looks like Sampathar has hung the Kid out to dry, after he made the ” brave statement” that ” Sinhala Buddhism” must be expunged from the” Constitution” before he even considers let alone accept Dr Ranil’s Federal Thing……….

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    As I’ve said before, Buddhism can never be a state religion. By definition, a state religion would influence civil life at a “LEGAL” level. Does the “Ten Buddhist Principles of Good Governance” say Buddhism has to be the state religion or must be given a foremost position? One of the virtues of a leader is “Avirodhana” (Avoiding “Bheda” or avoiding prejudice/bias, respecting deferring opinions, etc. Rulers should NOT cause divisions, enmity among the populous. Their job is to promote peace). Simply put, the Ruler has to be neutral/secular.

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    One can still blend Buddhism with Sinhala culture and achieve a humanistic Buddhism that does not tolerate the hate for others spewed by uneducated rabble in yellow robes who have safeguarded their privileges and kept the country in reverse gear since Independence.
    A fascinating account of humanism and Buddhism in
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/asia/china-buddhism-fo-guang-shan.html

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      as long as the ¬the one party cooperation rule` is the is the supreme boss anything is possible.Its is what taiwan started because life is a paradox more so after WTO entry- no one dies of hunger unlike 3rd world democracies.
      Make friends with priests – and sign subscription lists………………..
      “”She and her husband, a successful businessman, started living more simply. They gave up luxury goods and made donations to support poor children. And before the temple opened last year, she left her convenience store to manage a tea shop near the temple, pledging the proceeds to charity.”” its an emotional satisfaction and some make use of the funds more than others.- rich man poor man don’t be taken by those illusions.

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    Thank you Sarath de Alwis for the article. The fact that we have reached an era when such ideas are openly expressed is a silver lining. In Myanmar the charlatan monk Wirathu preaches violence against Rohingyas. The Myanmar Buddhist hierarchy has censured and disowned him. Wirathu is protected by the Burmese Junta who control the Myanmar armed services and police. We are in a similar position but the Lankan Wirathu is getting tacit support from the Lankan Buddhist hierarchy.

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      K. Pillai,
      “The fact that we have reached an era when such ideas are openly expressed is a silver lining.”
      You are mistaken, Mr.P. I don’t think any electronic or print media would dare to publicise such ideas. We must thank CT for providing a platform.

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        Yes, K. Pillai. Van der Poorten knows all about sniping, hiding behind the antisemitism cover. He was cancelled by the Sunday Observer, The Sunday Leader and Lakbima before, due to his lack of ethics.

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    The central assumption of this thesis is that “The Government was taken unawares”. This is an assumption, and one that absolves the government of any role in this ugly initiative by “Sinhala Buddhist Clerical Fascism” that has “dealt a blow to our democracy”, indeed I would add that it is a death blow and that democracy or whatever remained of it now lies bloodied and dead upon these shores.

    The genius of Mahinda Rajapaksa is that he configured the political arena upon which this battle could be fought and won with one single skilful blow aimed at the global civlization with its democracy, rule of law, inclusiveness and commitment to sustainability and resilience. The war has always been against this global civilization and it has raged for millennia making the island a refuge for all brands of alternatives and all types of subversives as well as a stronghold for a core of openly defient and militant fascism wrapped within yellow robes. This war will continue to rage and will ultimately face the medicine meted out to fascism. As the author says “The more things change, the more they remain the same. “

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      “”As the author says “The more things change, the more they remain the same. “”” We said that before – the merry go round of administration at present day diversity UK.Because we are all different in every way whether you like it or not and small brained windbag politicians take the piss of the people who vote for them – democracy where one man rules the rest is just a hypocrisy like money is real. A nation could do without a vote if the people have that culture than borrow it from pirates.

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    Once again written with honesty putting Buddhism ahead of Saffron Robed Thugs. S.B. Dissanayake should be asked to resign, he is not even an elected MP.

    No one is above the law but government after government have protected these racist pigs in the name of religion. This time the govt has a different problem because it cannot control the news with the advancement of the electronic media. These cowards as well as the thugs are exposed.

    They are trying their best to silence the common man:
    “Individuals or groups trying to provoke religious or ethnic hatred on social media are to be monitored and action taken against them by the Criminal Investigations Department, a senior official said. Law and Order Ministry Secretary Jagath Wijeweera told the Sunday Times the decision was taken following a meeting with the police and other agencies.
    He said the CID’s cyber crimes division would also closely monitor blogs, photographs and videos uploaded and take action against those found responsible for provoking hatred.
    The measures are part of Government plans to reduce religious and ethnic tension.”

    They have a A’hole who is a rubble rouser and with publicly available recorded statements and two warrants. What did they do: cancelled the warrant and gave bail. So you get the picture who they are after.

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    A one eyed write up by Sarath De Alwis (as always).

    It was saffron robe that created the ground for Sarath’s dream yamapalanaya to come to power in 2015 which he seems to forget. Now that saffron robe has realised their folly, they are rebelling……

    This was inevitable though Sarath’s small mind may not be able to grasp it. He and his fellow travellers can howl as much as they like. But the battle lines are being drawn by historical circumstances and Sarath and his ilk cannot stop it.

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      Hela———“But the battle lines are being drawn by historical circumstances and Sarath and his ilk cannot stop it.————————————————————————————————When did the Sinhala/Buddhists fascists erase battle lines to draw them anew? The Sinhala/Buddhist fascists are constantly in war with themselves, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, my people, ….and others. ———–With the help of Buddhism the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists need to learn to make peace with themselves. I suggest on an experimental basis you first attend Buddhist Forest Monasteries and Meditation Centres to find peace within yourself.

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    ikarat: Oh my little ninny raw novice, where are you?

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      You never understand what you read
      Hi 5 – HIV positive + to AIDS- Allah Inefficiency Deficiency Syndrome!
      Fleas do not get into an egg without a crack- cracked head!!

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